Liz Truss wins PM election, vows to deliver campaign promises

Liz Truss won the UK Prime Ministerial election on Monday, securing victory over former chancellor Rishi Sunak as leader of the Conservative party.

Truss won 81,326 votes against 81,326 in favour of Sunak, with 82.6% of the Conservatives’ 172,437 members casting their vote in the election.

In her speech following the announcement, Truss promised to deliver on her campaign promises.

“I know that our beliefs resonate with the British people. Our beliefs in freedom, the ability to control your own life, in low taxes, in personal responsibility. And I know that’s why people voted for us in such number in 2019,” said Truss.

“As your party leader, I intend to deliver what we promised those voters right across our great country.”

“I will deliver a bold plan to cut taxes and grow our economy. I will deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with peoples’ energy bills, but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply.”

She congratulated Sunak on his campaign, and expressed admiration for former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s tenure in the position.

“Boris, you got Brexit done. You crushed Jeremy Corbyn, you rolled out the vaccine, and you stood up to Vladimir Putin. You were admired from Kyiv to Carlisle.”

Truss now faces the political knot formed of the Ukraine war, the energy crisis, a looming recession and the double-barrelled headache of Covid and Brexit in her coming term.

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